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New NBA Power Rankings, and key questions for all 22 teams

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The NBA is less than a month away from restarting the 2019-20 season. With teams beginning to arrive at Walt Disney World on Tuesday and training camps set to begin on Thursday, it’s time to take stock of the teams that will face off later this month at Disney’s ESPN......
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Hayward to Leave Celtics in September for Birth of Child

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2020 NBA schedule: The 12 most important games of the restarted regular season

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8:24 PM ET Nick Friedell Close ESPN Staff Writer Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009. Tim MacMahon Close ESPN Staff Writer......
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The Most Important Player for Each Eastern Conference Team

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro The NBA is hurtling toward a resumption of the 2019-20 season despite an increasing stream of COVID-19 positive tests in Florida, with just over a month remaining until games are slated to resume on July 30. And while......
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Kanter says father released from Turkish prison

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11:50 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter tweeted Friday morning that his father had been released from prison in his native Turkey seven years after he was arrested by the country’s authoritarian government. “Wow! I could cry,” Kanter wrote. “Today I found out that 7 years after......
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Enes Kanter’s Father Released From Turkish Prison

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Celtics center Enes Kanter’s father, Mehmet Kanter, has been acquitted of charges in Turkey that he was a member of a terrorist organization, according to Reuters. In 2018, a Turkish court indicted the elder Kanter, charging him with “membership in a terror group.” Enes Kanter has said he believes his own criticism......
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Sources: Top young players seek NBA insurance

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On the cusp of hundreds of millions of dollars in contract extensions, several of the NBA’s top young stars had a Friday call with National Basketball Players Association officials about the possibility of league-financed insurance policies to protect against career-threatening injuries in the bubble restart in Orlando, sources tell ESPN.......
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Five Players We’re Excited to See When the NBA Resumes

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro After months of speculation, we finally have a return date set for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. And the season’s restart will mark the return of the league’s most interesting players.  Of course LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo......
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Welcome to the bubble: Everything to know about the NBA’s 22-team restart

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The NBA is back. Last week, the league’s board of governors and the players’ union both approved plans — a 22-team, eight-game wrap-up to the regular season followed by a possible play-in tournament for the eighth seed and playoffs — to resume the 2019-20 season on July 31 inside Walt......
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Inside Grant Williams’ Deep Connection to Outer Space

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C’s Brown drives 15 hours to lead Atlanta protest

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10:11 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown led a peaceful protest march through Atlanta on Saturday night. 2 Related Brown, who streamed part of the march live via his Instagram account and also posted videos of speeches to his page, said during the livestream that he’d driven......
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Dunks, game winners and a TD pass: Our favorite play of the season for all 30 teams

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It has been two and a half months since we’ve seen a poster dunk, an ankle-breaking move or a buzzer-beating shot on an NBA court. And, while there is some hope of a potential restart, plenty of hurdles remain in the league’s mission to save the season amid the coronavirus......
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The Truth Hurts Himself Leaving LeBron out of Top Five

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Robin Lundberg Paul Pierce only hurts himself with his LeBron James ranking. I mean, I don’t care where he puts LeBron personally, though the idea of James being outside the top five is ludicrous. Even more so given Pierce’s reasoning......
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LeBron James: One Man Dynasty

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Robin Lundberg You can rank players however you want, but I don’t know how you can say any individual has had more impact on a team than LeBron James, as he is essentially a dynasty by himself. No team James......
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Enes Kanter Plans to Join WWE After Retirement From NBA

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What is Gordon Hayward’s Future in Boston?

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Kevin Durant or Larry Bird: Who you got?

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Robin Lundberg Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks says whether Kevin Durant could return in a resumed NBA season is the $110 million question. But I’ve got another one. With The Last Dance inspiring many comparisons between NBA legends past and present, how......

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